Photography Series Captures Explosive Science Experiments

Warning: do not attempt to recreate any of the above science-art photography.

May 13 2014, 9:20pm

Caleb Charland wears many hats: the part-artist, part-experimental chemist, all-amazing American photographer captures chemical reactions, optical illusions, and kinetic energy in action—all through his own idiosyncratic aperture. While many of the materials are mundane—including candles, fishbowls, and clocks—the results are anything but. The image above, for example, was created by strapping a sparkler to a metronome. 

Explains Charland, "As the sparkler burns it gets shorter, and, when combined to the back and forth movement of the metronome, a zig-zag is traced on the film during a long exposure.

"However, in this case, the zig-zag pattern is broken up. While exposing, I was moving my hand between the lens of the camera and the metronome to the beat of Led Zeppelin's song 'When the Levee Breaks.' It's quite an iconic drum beat. I liked the idea of visually breaking up a pattern creating rifts in the visual rhythm."

It's a visual rhythm we'd like to see more of. Below, check out more of Charland's scien-terrific snapshots:

Click here to check out more of Caleb Charland's work. h/t MyModernMet


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